Low Latency's comic take on the big stories of 2012

From Facebook's much-hyped IPO to Google's AR glasses to Apple's maps blunder, Crave's weekly comic had a brilliant take on the year's major tech happenings.

Leslie Katz Former Culture Editor
Leslie Katz led a team that explored the intersection of tech and culture, plus all manner of awe-inspiring science, from space to AI and archaeology. When she's not smithing words, she's probably playing online word games, tending to her garden or referring to herself in the third person.
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In late 2011, Crave welcomed Low Latency, CNET's first-ever weekly tech comic. Every Thursday morning(ish), the pair behind the comic's shenanigans, artist Blake Stevenson and CNET editor Jeff Bakalar, give their amusing take on a prominent tech happening. Here, a look back at 10 of the year's big stories through Low Latency's unique lens. Click on each panel for a larger version, and to see every one of Low Latency's panels so far, click here.

When Facebook first announced plans to go public, Low Latency -- and many others -- immediately thought big (February 9, 2012):

Way before the brouhaha over Instagram's terms of service, the comic considered how the app affects how we perceive photos (March 22, 2012):

Ouch! Here's what happened when Low Latency tried on a pair of Google's Project Glass augmented-reality goggles (April 26, 2012):

Low Latency thought Microsoft's press conference for its Surface tablet could have taken a cue from another company (June 21, 2012):

The Olympics drama that prime-time TV coverage can deliver got somewhat dampened by the social-media frenzy this year (August 2, 2012):

When NASA's Curiosity rover triumphantly landed on Mars, Low Latency mused on what the vehicle would spot first (August 23, 2012):

Did antics in the giant Apple v. Samsung courtroom battle remind anyone else of kids bickering at recess? (August 23, 2012):

Like so many others, Low Latency got lost in the controversy over the new iPhone 5's Apple Maps (October 4, 2012):

Remember how some got peeved when the fourth-generation iPad came out just seven months after the third-gen iPad hit? (October 25, 2012):

When Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launched, some gamers got a strange illness that prevented them from going to school or work (November 12, 2012):

Low Latency will be back in 2013. To see every one of Low Latency's panels so far, click here.